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The Best Hikes in the South Carolina Mountains

Updated: Jun 23, 2023

Okay, y'all, it's time to talk hikes (I know, you're shocked). But we're not just talking about any old group of hikes, no sir. We're talking about the best hikes in all of the South Carolina Mountains!

Now of course, there are many more hikes than just the ones I've listed here. I chose these in particular because they are the hikes that I dream of going to when I want to escape to the calm and safety of Mother Nature.

So, without further ado, here is my list of the best hikes in the South Carolina Mountains. Let me know if you've been on any of these hikes, what you thought of them, and which hikes you'd add to your own "best of" list!

Table Rock Summit Hike

table rock mountain in south carolina

Table Rock is easily one of the most popular hikes in the South Carolina Mountains. As an SC Mountain native, I grew up 15 minutes from this gorgeous place, so it holds a special place in my heart.

Although this is a very well-known hike, be warned, it is not for the faint of heart, y'all. It's 3.6 miles one way with an elevation gain of approximately 2,000 feet. That being said, the views from the top are absolutely jaw-dropping. Table Rock is heaven on earth, and it makes my little Appalachian heart happy.

view of stool mountain in south carolina from table rock mountain

Long Creek Falls Trail

Tucked into the hillsides of the Chattooga Ridge along the Chattooga River, Long Creek Falls is a dramatically beautiful waterfall. Don't worry, y'all, this is the kind of drama that you'll want to be around.

At 1.6 miles one-way, this is a very moderate, doable hike. You'll be treated here with views of the falls as well as the mighty Chattooga River. If Long Creek Falls isn't on your list, it definitely should be!

long creek falls in south carolina

Big Rock Mountain Trail

Big Rock Mountain is another trail that hits close to home in the best way possible. This unique hike leads the outdoor wanderer to some bold rock outcroppings that offer stunning views of the South Carolina and North Carolina Mountains.

For an in-depth walk through of this hike, check out my Big Rock Mountain blog post!

view from big rock mountain in south carolina

view from big rock mountain

glassy mountain in sc from big rock mountain

Eastatoee Narrows Trail

Explore the beauty that is the Jocassee Gorges and Eastatoee Creek Heritage Preserve by hiking the Eastatoee Narrows Trail. At 2.6 miles one-way, this trail is moderate/difficult depending on your hiking finesse. This trail will lead you to the observation deck of the Eastatoee Narrows, which are simply stunning.

While you're here, be sure to take Horsepasture Road through the gorges to the Jumping Off Rock overlook, which provides amazing vistas of Lake Jocassee and the mountains. Trust me, y'all, it's one that you don't want to miss.

eastatoe narrows in south carolina

jumping off rock overlook in south carolina

Thanks for wandering with me through the beautiful mountains of South Carolina, y'all! Remember when you wander to respect the land, other hikers, and practice your best trail etiquette.

For more photos and explorations, be sure to follow The Wandering Appalachian on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest! Be sure that when you're discovering new places to practice Leave No Trace principles. Take only pictures, and leave only footprints. Happy wandering, y'all!


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